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CORRUPTION: Oil-rich Guyana still in company of world’s corrupt nations – 2022 Int’l Report

Feb 01, 2023 –Kaieteur News – According to the results of the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Guyana continues to rub shoulders with some of the most corrupt nations in the world. The index shows that Guyana gained a score of 40, one mark more than its standing in 2021.

Nations which score in the range of 0 to 49 are perceived as more corrupt than those with a mark of 50 to 99. India, Maldives, North Macedonia, Suriname and Tunisia received the same marks as Guyana. Others in the 49 to 42 range include: China, Malaysia, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago.

Out of 180 countries reviewed, Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Haiti are in the bottom pile with scores ranging from 12 to 20. Countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies often find themselves at the top of the Index. Denmark heads the ranking, with a score of 90. Finland and New Zealand follow closely with a score of 87. Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg complete the top 10 this year.        Continue reading

Short Stories: Memories of Jamaica – Geoff Burrowes

Memories of Jamaica – by Geoff Burrowes

       When I was 16 years old I was selected to represent Guyana at Rugby in the first West Indies Rugby Cup which included Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. It was held in Kingston, Jamaica the Northernmost of the West Indian Islands, a country of rare beauty and diversity. As this was 1961 my memories may be timeworn and faulty. They were fresh at the time and I hope to recreate them here, on this page!

        We flew from Guyana in the brand new Vickers Viscount Turbojet. I was nuts about planes at the time and the sleek design of the aircraft with its slim Rolls Royce turbojets on the wings was exciting just to look at! When the captain fired up the engines, instead of a deep roar there was a sibilant whistling thrum and when we finally took off there was not the usual deep growl felt throughout the plane but instead the whistling of the turbojets.            Continue reading

JAMAICA: Chinese $760 Million Built North-South Highway In Jamaica -Video

JAMAICA: Chinese $760 Million Built North-South Highway In Jamaica -Video

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COMEDY: Caribbean Trendz – 😂😅🤣 DONOVAN & MRS JOHNSON – Videos

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VENEZULA: Is Venezuela Rebounding? – Analysis

The Venezuelan economy appears to be improving after hitting bottom, but the political situation remains mired in authoritarianism

PHOTO: Guyana: Hampers being distributed by the Region Two RDC/CDC to the Venezuelan refugees (SN file photo)

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BARBADOS: PM Mia Amor Mottley’s 2022 Christmas Day Message – video

BARBADOS: PMMia Amor Mottley’s 2022 Christmas Day Message – video

TRAVEL: 23 Most Beautiful Caribbean Islands – Travel Video

AIRLINES: Travel within the Caribbean in crisis – Sir Ronald Sanders

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the author(s) do not represent the official position of Barbados TODAY.

Sir Ronald Sanders

The closure of LIAT in 2020, without establishing air transport to fill the vacuum, has led to chaos in regional transportation, gravely affecting the movement of people and goods throughout the Caribbean region.   

Anyone who has tried to travel from one country to another in the Caribbean can attest to the nightmare it has become. Whereas in the heyday of LIAT, there were at least two daily flights from which to choose, allowing for transfers through the airline’s main hubs in Antigua and Barbados, flights are now few and far between. Additionally, connectivity from one Caribbean island to another, which are physically close to each other, often requires travel to Miami or some other country with overnight stays, lengthening journeys and increasing costs.               Continue reading

Ian on Sunday – The unrelenting hustle of life – By Ian McDonald

Our lives of such infinite value come and go in a whirl of busyness.  We hasten and hustle and there is never enough time and always too much information.  The hours trip over themselves as they pass into eternity.  You will never have them back so regret every one not spent as you would really wish them to be spent.

VENEZUELA: How Rum and Cocuy Came Back to Life During the Crisis

Thanks to the denominations of origin that protect their ancestral quality and technical standards, these two drinks endure Venezuela’s economic downfall and illicit competition

Kaoru Yonekura | Caracas Chronicles

As real as the liquor market crisis is, two Venezuelan liquors manage to avoid that same crisis: Pecaya cocuy and rum. And all while complying with the rules and regulations by which the Servicio Autónomo de Propiedad Intelectual (SAPI) gave them the Denomination of Origin (DO); cocuy pecayero got it in 2001 and rum in 2003.

With this top-tier distinction on intellectual property, producers stick to the traditional and standard techniques when manufacturing these liquors, as well as the environmental care in their production areas. This way, the original product seal indicates that the Pecaya cocuy and rum are unique, one-of-a-kind, high quality, culturally valued, and especially, Venezuelan products.              Continue reading

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